Rosie O'Donnell's Daughter Chelsea Says She Was Kicked Out of the House, Is Not Mentally Ill: I'm 'Happier Than I've Been in Years'
Chelsea O'Donnell told the Daily Mail her mother's public persona is "phony"
Chelsea O’Donnell has addressed her rocky relationship with her mother Rosie O’Donnell two months after the comedian reported her missing.
In an interview published Tuesday, Chelsea told the Daily Mail that Rosie kicked her out of the house Aug. 11, two weeks before her 18th birthday.
“She told me to leave and take my dog,” Chelsea said. “Rosie knew I was planning to leave, that’s why I think she kicked me out. She asked me to talk about what was going on and I didn’t want to. So she asked for my phone and my computer. This was hours before she told me to leave. I gave them to her. A few hours later, she told me to leave. I wasn’t planning to go until I turned 18 on the 24th.”
A rep for Rosie tells PEOPLE that the situation with Chelsea is “heartbreaking on every level.”
Rosie announced on her blog in a now-deleted post Aug. 18 that Chelsea was last seen Aug. 11.
Rosie’s representative Cindi Berger told PEOPLE at the time that “Chelsea, like millions of people, lives with mental illness. It’s been a difficult road for Chelsea and her family and they just want her back safe,” adding that “Rosie loves Chelsea very much.”
Chelsea denied being mentally ill to the Daily Mail, though she said she suffered from anxiety and depression when Rosie and her ex-wife Kelli Carpenter, Chelsea’s other adoptive mother, got divorced in 2007.
“Putting out there that I am mentally ill was really hurtful,” she said. “People think I’m this crazy person and as I’ve said, I have depression and bad anxiety – but it’s been something that’s gotten a lot better. But these were personal things and I didn’t want anyone to know them about me. I wouldn’t say I’m mentally ill – I would say lots of people struggle with what I have.”
After Chelsea was found at Sheerer’s home, she was brought back to Rosie’s house in Nyack, New York. She then moved in with her birth mother, Wisconsin resident Deanna Micoley.
“Chelsea made a decision when she turned 18 that she wanted to go to her birth mother. This was her choice,” Berger told PEOPLE.
Chelsea told the Daily Mail she was “pretty much raised by nannies,” to whom she is closer with than Rosie.
“‘I would have liked to have my parents more in the picture raising me instead of nannies – although my nannies are great people,” Chelsea said.
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Chelsea is currently living with Sheerer in New Jersey.
“I guess everyone is putting out there he’s a bad guy from things that happened in the past but he’s not,” Chelsea said of Sheerer, who has been arrested on heroin charges in the past and was recently charged with sending a then-minor Chelsea nude photos and endangering the welfare of a child. “He supports me and I love him. He’s not into anything bad now, he works hard.”
Of Rosie, Chelsea said, “She’s texting me as if Steve is keeping me here and not letting me leave, which is not the case. I’m really happy to be here, and happier than I’ve been in years.”
Chelsea told the Daily Mail that she wants to finish her last year of high school online before moving to Wisconsin with Sheerer.